Canback Consulting Reviews

Updated 24 Jul 2019

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Staffan Canback
10 Ratings
  1. "Startup x MBB"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canback Consulting full-time

    Pros

    -Hard (analytical) skill development on projects -Exposure to executives from the world's largest FMCGs -Close working culture (with senior managers and partners alike) -The Economist brand name opens doors -Unique and powerful data analysis techniques -Global travel opportunities

    Cons

    -Few partners selling and developing new business (uneven distribution between senior management, middle management and below)

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  2. "Small, strategy consulting firm"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Busineess Analyst 

    I have been working at Canback Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Close relationship with colleagues as a small firm. Exposure to variety of areas.

    Cons

    The workload and demand from clients can be challenging

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting work, poor management and poor treatment of South African analysts"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Johannesburg
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canback Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting projects but as a South African analyst, you'll likely be managed remotely by a team in the US, which will significantly slow down your growth

    Cons

    South African analysts treated as 2nd class citizens. I wouldn't recommend it, consider working for another strategy consulting firm, there are lots.

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    "Top management consulting firm"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canback Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Rooted in serious analytics and rigorous methods, EIU Canback is maybe the most innovative strategy consulting firm out there. Everyday is a day of learning, challenging yourself and putting your mind to work. I was involved in serious and interesting projects right off the start and had the pleasure to work directly with Dr. Canback. More than a boss or a manager he is a man with a vision and the skills to teach it and put it to work in the service of the company's clients. I really don't have anything negative to say about my time as a consultant there. Career growth path was very clear even when we were a small company, and the environment was open, honest and amicable.

    Cons

    I'd say working days are long, but that is a reality in consulting and, relatively, they were not THAT long.

  5. Helpful (4)

    "Analytical, young consulting company"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canback Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -People are young and fun to hang out with even after work -Smart, driven, helpful colleagues -Approachable CEO and managers -Work travel to interesting places such as Africa, LATAM, and Asia -Christmas break, annual company retreats to fun places -The Economist brand name

    Cons

    -Nonexistent work-life balance. If you want to have any regularly scheduled activity during the week, most managers would not be understanding -Long hours when on a project. Occasionally working past midnight and on weekends -Face time expected when not staffed on a project, so you might have to sit in the office doing nothing -Doing the same amount/quality of work as big management consulting firms, but not getting an equivalent compensation or prestige in return

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "High quality boutique"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canback Consulting full-time

    Pros

    - Boutique firm with great analytical capabilities - Small company so you gets lot of responsibility and exposure to upper management and client execs - Interesting and impactful projects (mainly consumer goods) - Teams are small and collaborative (you will learn a lot) - Infrequent travel - Global reach with international brand recognition (The Economist)

    Cons

    - Long hours - When you do travel, it is generally very far (China, Latin America, Sub-Sahara Africa) - Office is generally very quiet (which is sometimes a pro)

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Boutique consulting firm feel, competing on par with the Big Three (MBB)"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canback Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Now part of a reputable group (The Economist.) This added to word of mouth among high rank CPG executives is attracting more Fortune500 clients worldwide, which is exciting news for the outlook of the business -Even though you have flexibility to work from any Economist office in the world, EIU Canback still has that boutique consulting firm feel -Special focus on consumer-facing industries (CPG, FMCG, Food and Bev), which personally I really enjoy -Cool data and unique analysis methods -Continuous global travel, which is a very enriching professional experience but it also wears off some people

    Cons

    -They are perfectionists, if you know what I mean. This pays off but it also has a cost -Unclear sales strategy, particularly in the US -Mid-level managers are leaving, tbh not really sure why, but it's not the best feeling when it happens -Some people are pretty smart and have extensive consulting experience, but they can have an ego too -Continuous global travel, which is a very enriching professional experience but it also wears off some people

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    "Senior Business Analyst"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Canback Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The CEO is very smart and very approachable

    Cons

    Lacks middle management people keep resigning

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not the best experience"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canback Consulting

    Pros

    - The company is small (~20 people), so you are empowered with more responsibility and autonomy than counterparts at other larger consulting firms. The Economist seems to have high hopes for strong returns on their acquisition. - There are opportunities to work directly with the CEO, which is great for learning. He is patient and willing to direct work himself. This may have been because there weren't real projects for him to direct (see below). - They launched a new training program for new full-time hires this year, and interns were also invited to attend. It was well-organized and the content was useful to learn.

    Cons

    - Despite being told during interviews that the office has a start-up-like and warm atmosphere, with minimal vertical hierarchy, I did not observe much of this in reality. - Summers are apparently slow in terms of work. Not helpful for interns to learn about what being a consultant is about. Interns were mostly asked to help with internal tasks, because there weren't real projects to help out on. - I did not really get the sense that the employees enjoy their work, but then again I didn't really get a chance to interact with most of them. Except for 1-2 people, the office is mostly quiet and dull.

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not much work to do"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canback Consulting

    Pros

    EIU just acquired them so there is opportunity to work with people at the EIU and The Economist. Some of the projects that they seem to be working on sound cool, ie sources of growth, emerging markets. They have lots of cool data to work with if you are a data person. Training was comprehensive and was about a week long at the beginning of the internship.

    Cons

    CEO tended to micromanage and had a bit of an ego. Not everyone at the office was very friendly. Unfortunately it seemed like the office didn't have a lot of work so most interns didn't get on a project until 4 weeks left of their internship. Interns often were not valued as much as the rest of the company and didn't feel welcomed.

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